Timothy Bradley, Diego Chaves fight to 12-round draw at Cosmopolitan

Timothy Bradley/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

In what seemed to be an unpopular decision, Timothy Bradley settled for a draw with Diego Chaves in the welterweight main event Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The fight was televised by HBO.

The scorecard that was under the most scrutiny was that of Julie Lederman, who gave the fight to Argentina’s Chaves 116-112. Burt Clements had the fight for Bradley at 115-113 and Craig Metcalfe had it even 114-114.

Bradley – a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion from Palm Springs – had a huge lump under his left eye, which was partially closed. He is now 31-1-1 with 12 knockouts.

Chaves – a former interim welterweight champion – had a slightly close left eye. He is now 23-2-1 with 19 knockouts.

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HBO to show replay of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight title fight

HBO this Saturday will show a replay of the welterweight title fight this past Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was televised on HBO’s pay-per-view arm.

Pacquiao took the title by winning a unanimous decision over Bradley to avenge the controversial split-decision loss he took at the hands of Bradley in June 2012. Pacquiao on Saturday won by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.

HBO will also replay the fight twice on Sunday.

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Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley again, this time actually gets the decision

If you followed Twitter at all Saturday, you likely would have seen plenty of tweets saying Manny Pacquiao was rather well ahead in his rematch against welterweight champion Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

They were correct as Pacquiao took the championship by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. There was controversy in their first bout in June 2012 when Bradley was undeservedly judged the split-decision winner.

 

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Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley weigh in for their rematch Saturday

Manny Pacquiao weighed 145 pounds and Timothy Bradley 145 1/2 at Friday’s weigh-in at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The two will tangle for Bradley’s welterweight title Saturday (on HBO pay-per-view).

This is a rematch of their June 2012 fight that was won in controversial fashion by Bradley, who was judged the split-decision winner.

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HBO’s ‘Road to Marquez/Alvarado’ will debut on April 19

The 15-minute documentary entitled “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” will debut April 19 on HBO. It will preview the upcoming May 17 welterweight title-unification fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver that will take place at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood.

HBO will televised the Top Rank Inc. fight from the venue in which Marquez made his bones in the 1990s.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Tickets now on sale for Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado at Fabulous Forum

Tickets for the May 17 welterweight title-elimination fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver go on sale Tuesday (April 1) at noon.

They are priced at $35, $75, $150, $250 and $400 and can be purchased at the Forum box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com.

Anyone purchasing a ticket for $75 or $150 between Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 1) will receive a complimentary companion ticket with a limit of six purchased tickets per order.

Marquez-Alvarado will be televised by HBO.

Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) made his bones at the Forum in the 1990s on his way to becoming one of Mexico’s legendary fighters. Alvarado is 34-2 with 23 knockouts.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Promoter Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley II coming at right time

Promoter Bob Arum is staging the April 12 rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view). Their first fight – in June 2012 at the same place – ended in controversy when Bradley was judged a split-decision winner over Pacquiao in a fight Pacquiao appeared to have won by as many as four points.

Arum recently was asked if this rematch coming later rather than sooner was a good thing. Both fighters have had two fights since that first go-round.

“Because of the controversy in the first fight, if we had done an immediate rematch I think most of the time being spent by the media would have been on ‘Was the first fight fixed?’ therefore getting a second fight, and now you don’t hear any of that because obviously the fighters went on to do their thing against other opponents.  Now we have a great fight and there is no adverse commentary as to any kind of manipulation in the first fight.”

 Pacquiao, 35, is 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Bradley, 30, is 31-0 with 12 knockouts.

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Freddie Roach vows Manny Pacquiao will leave no doubt in Timothy Bradley rematch

Freddie Roach, like just about everyone else, thought Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley in their June 2012 welterweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But Bradley was judged the split-decision winner.

Not surprisingly, C.J. Ross was one of two judges who gave the fight to Bradley by a 115-113 count; Duane Ford was the other. (You might remember that Ross was the judge who had the September 2013 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a draw; that says it all.)

Pacquiao is currently at Roach’s Wild Card gym in Hollywood, where Roach is preparing him for the April 12 rematch with Bradley at MGM Grand (on HBO pay-per-view). Roach remains peeved about the scoring in the first fight, to be sure. He vows to make sure Pacquiao leaves no doubt this time.

“We are training for big game in this fight,” Roach said Tuesday. “Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time. The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time. Our mantra is ‘Close the show.  No mercy.’  You don’t have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley’s days as welterweight champ are numbered.  It’s last call for Bradley on April 12.

Bradley, of Palm Springs, is 31-0 with 12 knockouts. Pacquiao, of the Philippines, is 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts.

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Timothy Bradley picks Manny Pacquiao to KO Brandon Rios on Saturday

Timothy Bradley was on a conference  call last week with several boxing legends, such as Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman and Marco Antonio Barrera. All were discussing Saturday’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios in Macao, China (on HBO pay-per-view).

Like Barrera, Bradley knows Pacquaio more than most in this regard because he fought Pacquiao in June 2012 in Las Vegas. Bradley won a split-decision, though most experts thought Pacquaio was the winner. Either way, Bradley is a student of the game and he believes he knows what Rios – the underdog – needs to focus on to have a chance at victory.

“First of all, he should expect to see Manny Pacquiao being very quick and very elusive and lots of feints in this fight,” Bradley said. “Manny Pacquiao dropped a lot of feints on me and it kept me off-balance as far as shots. He’s very difficult to hit at times, too, because he is always angling out. He’s coming in, he’s coming out, he’s angling out to the right or to the left. That’s what Brandon Rios should expect.”

In other words, Bradley said, Rios should not think that Pacquiao is just going to come straight at him.

“He is going to have to expect a lot of angles in this fight,” Bradley said. “Rios, if he is going to have a chance to beat Pacquiao, he is going to have to close the distance. He is going to have to get close, stay close and punch.”

All that said, Bradley is picking Pacquiao to emerge victorious.

“I’ve got Manny Pacquiao by a mid- to late-round KO,” he said. “Eight rounds.”

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), of the Philippines, is fighting for the first time since being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round last December in Las Vegas. Rios, the former lightweight champion from Oxnard, is 31-1-1 with 23 knockouts.

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Timothy Bradley retains title with a split-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez

Timothy Bradley vowed to box more against Juan Manuel Marquez than he did against Ruslan Provodnikov in March, when Bradley defeated Provodnikov via narrow decision but sustained a concussion and was decked in the process.

Bradley kept his word and it was likely the biggest reason why he defeated Marquez via split-decision Saturday before 13,111 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Judges Robert Hoyle and Patricia Morse Jarman had Bradley winning by respective scores of 115-113 and 116-112, while Glenn Feldman had Marquez winning 115-113.

Bradley (31-0) made the second successful defense of his title.

Marquez (55-7-1), of Mexico, bemoaned the decision in the post-fight news conference.

“We came prepared to give a good fight,” he said. “I think the people saw a good performance. But unfortunately, the judges did it again.”

Marquez said that is his mind, it was the sixth time he’s been robbed of a victory. Of his seven losses, five have come in Las Vegas.

“I am more scared of the judges than the opponents,” Marquez said.

Bradley, of Palm Springs, was booed several times by the pro-Marquez crowd for moving around a lot, using those boxing skills. He defended his strategy.

“I like to step in there and fight,” he said, “but I had to listen to my corner to get this win because Marquez is a big puncher.”

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